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patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. Federal and state laws protect intellectual property rights from misappropration and infringement
a product formula, pattern, design, compilation of data, customer list, or other business secret
economic espionage act
a federal statue that makes it a crime for any person to convert a trade secret for his or her own or another's benefit, knowing or intending to cause injury to the owners of the trade secret
federal patent statute
a federal statute that establishes the requirements for obtaining a patent and protects patented inventions from infringement
a grant by the federal government upon the inventor of an invention for the exclusive right to use, sell, or license the invention for a limited amount of time
US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
a special federal appeals court that hears appeals from the board of patent appeals and interferences and federal court concerning patent issues
subject matter that can be patented
machines, processes, compositions of matter,
improvements to existing machines, processes, or compositions of matter,
designs for an article of manufacture, asexually reproduces plants, living material invented by a person
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